A new study of over 2000 women shows that they have better sex lives, less joint pain, and better sleep.
Lead New Zealand researcher Beverley Lawton, director of the Women’s Health Research Centre at Otago University, said the new research should give peace of mind to women and their doctors about HRT, which fell out of vogue after a 2002 study linking long-term use with an increased risk of blood clots, breast cancer and heart attacks.
“There’s been a lot of fear about HRT almost approaching mythical proportions … but what this research shows is that for most women, the benefits outweigh the risks.”
…Dr Lawton said many women found sex drive disappeared after menopause, replaced by sleeplessness and night sweats. “Some said the loss of libido was like a light switch being turned off, but HRT restored it.
…Though HRT could carry a slightly increased risk of blood clots (similar to plane travel, the contraceptive pill and pregnancy) and a higher incidence of breast cancer (less than 0.1 per cent increased risk per year of use after seven years), new data suggests HRT could lower the risk of heart disease.
The study was published on the British Medical Journal website yesterday.